Posted by Andrew Kruse on Jun 14, 2019
     The prestigious Rotary Club of Lakewood began with a rich word on gratefulness, and challenge to share that with others, from Dan Livingston.  Rick Selden led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. 



      We are so thankful for all of those who served to make this meeting a success! Duncan, Bob, Ward, Rod, Troy, Terry, and Bob did set up and takedown. Troy Wilcox shot some pictures for our meeting. Deidre Soileau greeted members and visitors alike. Gary Fulton collected money at the Paul Harris table. Mark Edgecomb doubled at ticket sales and Sergeant of Arms. 



      Guests included Dennis Bushman from Tacoma Sunrise Rotary, Laura who is the resource development officer of Pierce County United Way, Judy Eng, and Judy Hosea. 


      Announcements included the report of a successful and fantastic Elton John event at the Enquist home last Sunday.

Barb Spriggs and her team were working hard before and after our meeting for the Texas Hold Em’ event at Thornewood Castle later in the evening. 

Thursday June 20th is the final board meeting for the 2018-2019 Rotary year. 

The installation dinner for Bill Potter will be on Friday June 28th at the Tacoma Golf and Country Club from 6-10 p.m. 

There will be no meeting on July 5th - it wasn’t clear if that was a blessing for Bill or for the rest of the club. 

Thursday August 8th is the floating board meeting; more details to follow. 

Bill Potter reminded us that Rotary night at the Tacoma Rainiers is August 15, 5:15. $18 gets you the tailgate party (dinner!) and tickets to the game.

Phil Eng reminded us that on Saturday August 24th and 25th there is a need for volunteers for the Courage Classic.

Bob Zawilski shared about the educational tool that Rotary is sponsoring called RACHEL (Remote Area Community Hotspots for Education and Learning). It is being used in Africa through a District grant promoted by the Gig Harbor, Tacoma Sunrise, and Lakewood Rotary Clubs. 



      June has one of the longest lists of anniversaries and birthdays. Greg Horn had his mouth full, but could not find the years joined for each member, even though they were right in front of him. It was quite comical! 

      Duncan and Joan Cook took the record for the month with 63 years of marriage. Congratulations to the happy couple! Chris Kimball asked each of the birthday guys and gals about their first record they purchased. He mistakenly asked this writer if his first purchase of music was digital. But it made for a funny moment where I think the whole club felt a little older.


      The fines were adding up as President Gayle only has a few more meetings to make the most of with respect to fining her constituents. 

      Ed Shannon shared about the West “by God” Virginia news story of his 750th course that he golfed, in addition to attending his granddaughter’s high school graduation. 

      Troy Wilcox traveled to Costa Rica and Las Vegas. His son graduated high school and will be studying at Linfield College and being a part of the golf team. 

      Mark Blanchard and his schedules have been missed. He said he just had to go to Italy with his wife because she is retired and wants to travel the world. Since he wants to stay married he “has” to go.

      Although, President Gayle did note he brought her a golden whiskey glass from Milan.

      Clint Johnson announced that his oldest son and daughter in law are expecting a child, it will be his third grandchild. He is also getting married in December. Congrats Clint!

      Dave Reames is celebrating getting his boat in the water before July and picked up his crown glasses that he used while he was the acting president while Gayle was away.

      Judy Hosea was joining us from her travels. She has spent the last 3 years in a fifth wheel traveling to national parks and other scenic locations. Although she was glad to be back at Lakewood Rotary, she doesn’t think she will be able to get away from her lifestyle of adventure any time soon!



      Jan Gee introduced our speaker, Secretary of State, Kim Wyman. Mrs. Wyman is the 15th Secretary of State for our state. She is the 2nd female Secretary of State. Previously she served in Pierce and Thurston County elections offices. Her Masters of Public Administration is from Troy University, with an Honorary Doctorate from City University (Seattle). She and her husband John have two children and they reside in Thurston County. 



Above: Washington Secretary of State, Kim Wyman


      Secretary Wyman shared about the parts of state government that her office oversees such as State Archives, registering non-profit and for-profit businesses, and elections. Her presentation focused on Redistricting because of the upcoming census, which impacts federal funding for the states. She explained that redistricting is a very political activity, but that Washington has a bipartisan commission that works to redraw lines for legislative districts. Redistricting impacts the ways that parties can get elected for state and national congressional seats. Washington has 49 districts for the state and 10 for the House of Representatives. Currently there is a citizenship question on the upcoming census that is being challenged before the Supreme Court. After this decision is made the 2020 census can be printed. I think we are all thankful for the work that is done for this process and the fact that we live in a country where we are able to elect our leaders in a civil and constructive process.

      And as a prize for introducing our speaker today, Jan Gee drew the RED TICKET for an award of approximately $1,250!


      And yes, read this bulletin and tell Greg Rediske to get a make-up for a missed meeting; also, if you shop online, please do so at Amazon Smile so a portion of your purchase can be allocated to Lakewood Rotary.